Wednesday, 26 October 2011
That's what "they" say, but let's not e.v.e.n. begin to think about Christmas, which the title of the carole brings to mind!
I am, however, thinking about beaching it within the next coupla months and housesitting for some dear friends. Of course, "what to eat?" comes to my brain fairly quickly as it will be a special time just being there and having some down time (don't laugh, y'all! One still has down time when retired!)
This past week two friends have introduced recipes that make my mouth water - one I have tasted and the other? Well, I can just imagine. One or the other might sound like something you would not care to try because of your own personal tastes? Throw that concept out the window - I never thought I would eat pumpkin soup or tomato beers (inside joke, Deb) wither - but there you are! I had two helpings last night and it was A.W.E.S.O.M.E.
Thanks to Lori and Phyllis.
So, without further adieu <--is that right? Or is it ado?
Over and out!
Beautiful Day 1 / Summer Rain / Always
Friday, 26 August 2011
Thursday, 11 August 2011
My friend, Becky, has this on her blog.
I loved it so, I wanted to pass it along - especially to some of my Hens.....so very appropriate! For those days when I am second-guessing myself or perhaps, my actions.
"Father, I know that all my life is portioned out for me,
And the changes that are sure to come, I do not fear to see;
But I ask Thee for a present mind intent on pleasing Thee.
I ask Thee for a thoughtful love, through constant watching wise,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles, and to wipe the weeping eyes;
And a heart at leisure from itself, to soothe and sympathise.
I would not have the restless will that hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child, and guided where I go.
Wherever in the world I am, in whatsoe'er estate,
I have a fellowship with hearts to keep and cultivate;
And a work of lowly love to do for the Lord on whom I wait.
So I ask Thee for the daily strength, to none that ask denied,
And a mind to blend with outward life while keeping at Thy side;
Content to fill a little space, if Thou be glorified.
And if some things I do not ask, in my cup of blessing be,
I would have my spirit filled the more with grateful love to Thee --
More careful -- not to serve Thee much, but to please Thee perfectly.
There are briers besetting every path, that call for patient care;
There is a cross in every lot, and an earnest need for prayer;
But a lowly heart that leans on Thee is happy anywhere.
In a service which Thy will appoints, there are no bonds for me,
For my inmost heart is taught "the truth" that makes Thy children "free;"
And a life of self-renouncing love is a life of liberty. "
~Anna Laetitia Waring
Enjoy and ponder!
Over and out
By Robert McCammon
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Just finished reading this book, published in 2010 on the occasion of celebrating 50 years ofTO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
This book is a collection of reflections of numerous folks, Mary Badham, Andrew Young, Alice Finch Lee to name only a few, on the first adult book that many of us remember reading, a book the millions of "us" have in common.
It is only 217 pages yet full of remembrances that many of we "Southren" kids, raised in the South, including those of us in the graduating class of 1969, also have in common.
The author, Mary McDonaugh Murphy interviewed novelists, historians, journalist and artists as well as folks who actually know Nelle Harper Lee. These are their impressions.
I love to read; you know that! In reading each remembrance of childhood, love of reading (or not), author influences and lists of each author's own works, I garned quite a list of titles that i want to read myself. I did not like reading growing up - I don't think I read TKAMB all the way through until perhaps within the last 5 years, thus, lacking sorely in "the classics" much less many other titles.
Here's my list:
The Color of Water by James McBride
Other Faces, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
Great Expectations by Dickens
On Agate Hill by Lee Smith
Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani and
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Check them out yourself. How many have you read? Seriously!
This is what is meant by "So many books. So little time." (...and on to my next book)
Over and out
By Robert McCammon
Friday, 17 June 2011
Becky of http://kicklighters.blogspot.com/2011/06/5-books-that-changed-who-i-am.html linked me in a meme the other day. I had to think much about it, believe me. Not so much the titles of the 5 books that changed who I am, but the “whys”.
Y’all know I am a voracious reader. I confess. But I read a book and remember how much I enjoyed it – I don’t so much keep track of the whys and the wherefores and the details. I do mark up my books, write in them, underline and keep track of particular quotes that I run across.
These few books I talk about day-in and day-out in conversations with others – light conversations, problem-solving conversations of deep heartfelt conversations, sharing conversations.
1. On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross - Through her many books, as well as her years working with the terminally ill, she brought comfort and understanding to millions coping with their own deaths or the death of a loved one. I read this tome when I was a mere 27 or 28. My husband was dying of melanoma. I had to know everything before it happened so that I could shine and do just the right thing. And if I made a mistake, I wanted me to notice it first, not anyone else. Thus, I was “preparing” myself for the most difficult time in my life. And I was young. My friends had never gone through anything like this. I had to show them how it was done. (At that time I did not have the personal relationship with Christ I have now. I was sure I was doing it all on my own.)
2. What’s So Amazing About Grace by Phillip Yancey – I returned to attending church after my divorce. Dawson’s Gary Fenton talks a lot about grace – something I did not grow up hearing a lot about in my childhood church. The grace of which Philip Yancey writes is the freely given and unmerited favor and love of God. Jesus speaks merely of receiving the love that God has for us. Accepting it, not earning it or making ourselves worthy of it. In truth, grace is both utterly simple and utterly confounding. This book seriously convinced me of that fact. I am reminded of God’s grace every day – every day!
3. Safe People by Henry Cloud – I facilitated a Divorce Recovery program at church after my divorce. We concentrated on Safe People as one of the levels of study. I may have taught this subject time and time again, but I gained so much insight into how I could learn to help myself based on scripture. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend offer solid guidance for making safe choices in relationships, from friendships to romance. They help identify the nurturing people we all need in our lives, as well as ones we need to learn to avoid. What a concept!!
4. Boundaries by Drs. John Townsend & Henry Cloud – the sub-title of this title is “When to Say Yes, When to Say No – To Take Control of Your Life”. And that about says it all! It is a book about managing life in a way that has been included in the Bible for centuries. In studying this book, I discovered that the Bible was chock-full of practical advice pertinent to common everyday living. Again – what a concept?!
5. Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who Are Suffering by Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D. – Neal Schooley recommended this book to our Stephen Ministry caregivers. It was a great book to help us who offer care for others in need and for the rest of us who merely want to express our concern without making things worse. Never again will I say to a deceased’s loved one that “he is in a better place” or “I know how you feel” or “It’s God’s Will”. I never really knew I could be assertive. Thanks to this book, I am now lovingly assertive. This book focuses on teaching you to be Christ-like in your assertiveness. It's a must read for anyone who wants to be more Christ-like!!
I still read voraciously. And each book – fiction or non – helps make me who I am in one way or another. It’s serious business for me – as well as entertaining. You? If you have books that have changed who you are, why not let me know…would you?
Over and Out
The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
By Marti Olsen Laney Psy.D.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
1 - I haven't written an entry to this blog since March 2011.
2 - Something's happened to the layout of this blog - it's lost all it's little widgets, etc.
3 - I had a followup with my oncologist yesterday - everything's fine, just dandy!
4 - My backyard is a mess - the tree that fell in the April 27th tornado is still there - I've trimmed some of the branches wth a handsaw and some loppers. I'm just not in a hurry to get anything done about it.
5 - Poison ivy is running rampant in the yard - front & back - I do not foresee controllng it all. I am just careful where I step - like, not off the driveway or sidewalks.
6 - Everybody's veggie gardens on the internets seem to be way more productive than mine. I have plenty of herbs but no produce as yet. Waiting...
7 - I am in a reading lull right now - haven't read anything since the storms. Have probably tried to start about 5 different books, with no success. This happens.....
8 - The carpenter bees seem to have abated - but not the woodpeckers chipping away at the wood where the bees made in-roads.
9 - 60 is not so different.
10 - Fresh Chllton County peaches for breakfast this morning! YAY!
The Tudors: The Complete Series
By Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Henry Cavill, Nick Dunning, James Frain
Saturday, 26 March 2011
This morning I have the windows open, though there is a bit of a chill. I've covered myself with my nifty heated throw. Problem is, even on LOW I have to turn it off and on to keep from getting too hot. Ahh, the price of comfort.
I'm reading a non-fiction book right now (a rarity) - taking it slow, a chapter at a timee, so that I can "chew" on what I've just read.
The chapter touches on what the author calls the "If Only" refrain. "It's called postponing your life and your ability to be happy to a future date when then, oh then, you will finally get what you want and life will be good."
Thus, we miss those moments in life that happen between the "now" and what we think our life should be like.
Her suggestion? "Wake up to the riot of life around you every second." What if what you need is right in front of you right now, this instant, and you're not recognizing it? "Be" with what presents itself to you.
The author defines acceptance as the willingness to stop defining your NOW as a means to an end, and instead, INHABIT your NOW, what you are, the work you've chosen, the life you have so carefully made for yourself.
Your NOW could be perfection itself and you are missing it, looking ahead for "something else" you think you should be doing or having or accomplishing.
I have always been drawn to the concept that "God meets us where we are". Perhaps I also need to meet myself where I am - and be there to enjoy what He has there for me NOW.
(Reading: Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth)
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, written by Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit.
I rave about so many of the books I read that it must seem I am crying "wolf" in praising this latest read of mine.
BUT - this was an exceptional book!
During WWII a young lieutenant bombardier, his crew mates and plane crash into the Pacific Ocean, ironically on a search mission for another missing plane and flight crew. He spend a record number of days on a life raft, floating over 2000 miles. The rest is the story of this young man, and many like him, who ezperienced unimaginable indignities at the hands of the enemy, not only to their bodies but to their souls as well.
The subtitle, a "story of survival, resilience and redemption" says it all. This is the true story of a man who just short of his 80th birthday carried the Olympic Torch in 1998 in the country of his captivity so many years before.
I asked many questions of myself in the midst of this story. Most significantly, could I (and how) survive an experience like this? Then would I live a life of honor, humility and reconciliation after such.
I thought much of my parents, part of The Greatest Generation, who were married while my dad was in flight school when they bombed Pearl Harbor. Then we entered the war. My father, a pilot in the European Theatre was not shot down nor a POW. But he was gone 4 years or therebouts. I wonder how my mother and grandmother must have worried about him in his absence. I wish I had their letters of those years, but they are nowhere to be found. He must have mourned for some of the fellows with whom he served. He made lifelong friends of the guys he served with, meeting in the following years at many a squadron reunion. (Probably much more poignant and fun than a 40th high school reunion.)
He never spoke of the war to us girls and we never asked, "What did you do in the war, daddy?" I wish we had.
I highly recommend this book - of course! It is written beautifully. I hope you will disappear into the tale, as did I. It is mightily thought-provoking, to say the least, with a few surprises thrown in there, too.
Over and out
Monday, 07 March 2011
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Some thoughts while cleaning out/decluttering my kitchen and pantry today:
1. No matter how much you cull – there is still SO much left!
2. Tell me how a cabinet with doors gets so dusty and dull grey inside.
3. I am the wrong size to be sitting in an old wooden church preschool chair, in the stead of those wooden step
stools my daddy built. (…and where are they anyway?)
4. Found – 2 plastic California Raison figurines! ?
5. Found – 1 or 2 wedding presents still in the original box, obviously STILL unused lo, these many years later.
6. Lovely Towle carving set and steak knives – they are in my silverware drawer. WHY are the empty boxes still in
7. I had so many more plastic lids than I had containers – like MANY!!
8. I only broke or chipped one thing today – it s the Cornflower Blue Corningware casserole that I always use. Could
it not have been one of the many mugs I am declutterng?
9. I thought I had a plethora of wine glasses that I could get rid of – upon closer examination they are my Nana’s
and my Mother’s beautiful glassware. Now if I could just decide to actually use them on a regular basis. I DO
serve wine to the occasional guest!
10. We must have been quite the booze hounds years ago from the bottles of every kind of Canadian Mist, Early
Times, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels bourbon, Ushers Green Stripe, Seagrams Dry Gin, Drambuie, Bols crème de
menthe, and Kahlua
11. I am a beer and wine-girl – I doubt I have taste any of the above in 7-8years. How long does this stuff “stay
good” anyway? (I realize it is alcohol!)
12. One thing’s for sure, I come by this pack-ratted-ness honestly! Most of the ‘pretties’ ,fine glassware and china,
serving dishes and platters did not belong to me originally. That means my mother kept it all after receiving a
most of it from her own mother and mother-in-law (and then adding her own).
I think I’ll go have a drink!
It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff
By Peter Walsh